A YEAR ACCEPTABLE TO GOD – 2018
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
Years come and go, promises are made, fulfilled and broken. All these have become routine way of life. Sometimes we are winners and sometimes we are losers in the rat race of life. People plan their life to make it better every new year of life, but is really the life becomes better every year? Psalm 90:4 says A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. God’s time and Worldly Calendar time can not be compared to each other. God’s plans and time is a mystery and is very difficult to understand by the human mind or by the human heart.
Jesus is the centre of God’s Calendar year and he changed the Calendar from Before Christ to After Christ. The purpose of changing the time not only related to the calculation of worldly rotations but bringing God’s time in to human Calendar. When we celebrate the birth of Jesus, a new Era begins with Jesus and it starts with Jesus and Jesus is the Centre of that Era. Jesus came in to this World just not to live his 33 years of Worldly years but to live in our hearts for ever. In Rev 3:20 he says he is standing at the door of every human life, any person accepts him and makes him the centre of his life, he will change him from human to divine. In divine Calendar there is no past, present and future but all times are one and still and can be seen in one view. This happens if we see things through Jesus in our life. John 15:5, Jesus says I am the Vine and you are the Branches, without me you can do nothing. Just like in in Solar system without Sun, the entire system is nothing, in the same way in Divine System without Jesus, all the spiritual ways are nothing.
When we enter in to a new year Jesus stands at the door of that New Year and waves at us to embrace him in that New Year because 2000 years ago every year was marked in his coming in to this World as a Saviour and redeemer of our life. He is being waving each year to take him onboard in our life. But what is the understanding of a New year to Christians and even non-Christians. Christians go to Mass or assemble in prayer and Non-Christians celebrate with dance and cheering themselves. Is this a ritual kind of things in this World every year? Jesus wants a change of heart, mind and Body so that he can come and dwell in us but our prayer services and assemblies have become outwardly ritual celebrations with many liturgies but our hearts remains the same. Isiah 13:1-20 says: 13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings!
Your incense is detestable to me.
New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations—
I cannot bear your worthless assemblies.
14 Your New Moon feasts and your appointed festivals
I hate with all my being.
They have become a burden to me;
I am weary of bearing them.
15 When you spread out your hands in prayer,
I hide my eyes from you;
even when you offer many prayers,
I am not listening.
Your hands are full of blood!
16 Wash and make yourselves clean.
Take your evil deeds out of my sight;
stop doing wrong.
17 Learn to do right; seek justice.
Defend the oppressed.[a]
Take up the cause of the fatherless;
plead the case of the widow.
18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,”
says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient,
you will eat the good things of the land;
20 but if you resist and rebel,
you will be devoured by the sword.”
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
In year 2018, Jesus is calling you and me to have a close intimacy with him. If we are with him, he is asking us to be more closer and be one with him. Let us take this year as an opportunity to settle the matter with my and your God, once for all and then there will not be no more new years and all the years will be the same as this year because he is the same yesterday, today and forever. Happy Jesus Year 2018.